Moving the audience

Vodka HuntersBournemouth-based, award-winning writer Nell Leyshon directs her first theatre performance in Boscombe later this month. Performed in a space created specifically for the work, this production allows the audience to move through the rooms to discover the different voices and compelling stories told by each of the performers.

Nell Leyshon is the first woman to write a play for the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  She is an Evening Standard award winner for her theatre work. Her novels have been long-listed for the Orange Prize and published worldwide, and have attracted huge international praise. Now for the first time, Nell, who has taught creative writing for many years with marginalised communities, has collaborated with four of her workshop ‘outsider’ artists, to create this breath-taking performance about motherhood and fatherhood.

The Vodka Hunters is born and created in Bournemouth.  It is exciting, visceral, funny and always – but always honest and truly authentic.  Spoken in their own words, telling their own stories, Nell’s skill in enabling fresh new voices to be heard makes this work powerful, sometimes shocking, but deeply moving and original. Performed in the atmospheric setting of a now disused and abandoned building, this is a work that tells it from the heart.

Performances are at 3 Wickham Road, Boscombe BH7 6JX at 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm, 27-29 April. Tickets (£10/£8) from